With 11 days remaining until the general election, the Environmental Pillar, an Irish environmental advocacy coalition, has called for candidates to make a pledge to put environmental considerations at the heart of their policies and decisions if they are elected to government.
In the latest installment of our election diary, we examine the Social Democrats’ manifesto for policies pertaining to environmental protection and climate change.
On the celebration of World Wetlands Day, Tuesday the second of February, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) launched their ‘Hop To It’ Frog Survey. Frogs typically breed around February, and spawn in March, but this year the IPCC received a number of early records from various counties across the country, most likely due to the mild and wet winter conditions.
When The Proclaimer’s sang about walking 500 miles in the name of love, a level of hyperbole could safely be assumed. But British radio and TV producer and writer, Mary Colwell, has decided to undertake a 500 mile walk for real, with the aim of raising money and awareness to protect native curlew populations.
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February 5th, 2016 The election posters have been up for three days (four in some premature cases) and the public is responding with the usual mixed feelings. Some advocate that they inform constituents of who is running in their area, and cite research suggesting that they increase the public’s familiarity with candidates. Others complain that they are unsightly and that …
On saving the planet: “Don’t wait for someone else to do it because it just won’t happen” – Alicia Premkumar, age 13View Post
Over the next 22 days GreenNews will bring you coverage of Ireland’s General Election 2016 in our Election Diary. We will catch up the parties and cover who stands to deliver when it comes to environmental protection, sustainable development and future proofing the country. On day 1 of the campaign we may have posters up be we are far from having everybody’s stall set out. Today we look at AAA/PBP and Renua.
Hedgerows provide a vital refuge to many native wildlife species that face a landscape with little native woodland in comparison to other countries. Existing rules outline how landowners have six months between September and February to manage hedgerows and uplands effectively and there is provision for hedge cutting for safety on our roads. A decision such as this is unjustifiable; it will result in a severe blow to many wildlife species here are six of them.
The charity, which works to preserve Ireland’s natural and built heritage, sets out seven key areas that must be acted upon to reduce carbon emissions and prevent runaway climate change. They appeal to the electorate to “question canvassers and candidates vigorously”, as well as directly seeking political parties’ policies on the issues.